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January 16th, 2012

Beauty in Ice

January 16, 2012

BROWNINGTON - Winter in Vermont does have its beauty. Here, bitter cold and an icy wind sweep across a field adjacent to the Old Stone House in Brownington, VT. Imagine those students, many years ago, looking up from their chalkboards at this scene outside the window.

NCUHS Could Get a Much Needed Facelift

January 16, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – North Country Union High School, built in the late 1960s, has seen little changes, with the exception of a recent complete overhaul of the North Country Career Center. School officials are now turning their attention to other areas of the complex.
Last Wednesday, during a Business Operations Committee meeting, Principal Bill Rivard talked about remodeling plans. Part of the upcoming discussion will be if school officials want to phase the project in over several years.

Missing Plate Leads to Felony DUI Charge

January 16, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Not having a front license plate on his pickup truck left a Newport Center man facing a felony charge of driving under the influence.
Dale Chaput, 42, pleaded not guilty in Orleans County Court Jan. 10, to a felony charge of third offense driving while intoxicated.
Newport City Police Officer Corey Marcoux was watching traffic Dec. 24, 2011, when he saw a pickup truck without a front license plate traveling west by the intersection of East Main Street and Western Avenue.

January 15th

Fundraiser to be Held for Funeral Expenses of Barton 7-Year-Old

January 15, 2012

BARTON - There’s nothing like a small community to rally around someone during their time of need and that is exactly what is happening for the Nicole Matten family.
Matten’s family is planning a benefit dance and raffle for Feb. 11 at the Elks’ Club. There is also an account set up at Community National Bank.
The family will use the money to cover funeral expenses and for a headstone for their daughter, seven-year-old Kaylynne Matten, who passed away Dec. 6, four days after her Well Child Checkup.  

Hospital Board Holds Special Public Meeting Wednesday

January 15, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - North Country Hospital CEO Claudio Fort sent a letter last week to 500 of Dr. Leslie Lockridge's patients telling them that the popular and much-loved oncologist would be leaving the hospital employ as of Feb. 10. This has angered the doctor's patients, staff, friends and local elected officials, who are all demanding reasons for this action.
One item at issue is the fact that Fort has reported to the hospital's board of directors, the legislators, and the press that the doctor only has 25 patients and that is not enough to support a full-time oncologist.

No jail for identity theft - 10 counts dismissed

January 15, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A Lowell woman will not serve any time for using stolen credit card numbers she obtained while working at CRMI.
Tuesday, Jan. 10, Anna Quesnel, 22, entered guilty pleas to two felony charges of identity theft and one misdemeanor charge of false pretenses.

January 12th

Patients Upset Over Loss of North Country Hospital Oncologist

January 12, 2012

NEWPORT - In December 2006, Dr. Leslie Lockridge, MD, was hired by North Country Hospital to organize a fulltime oncology department. At that time, oncology was a one-day arrangement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.
Lockridge was hired to provide full-time oncology and hematology services to patients suffering from cancer in the Northeast Kingdom. Patients would not have to travel to Hanover (about 110 miles each way from Newport) to receive their chemotherapy treatments, which are usually three times a week.

NCRC Brainstorms Newport’s Future

January 12, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is in the middle of launching the Governor’s Career Ready Certificate Program.
The program is free to participants approved by the Department of Labor. The 10-week course will meet three to four hours twice a week. Mercedes Pour, Academic Coordinator at CCV, told the Economic Restructuring Committee, which is part of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), that the school will be able to run a full class. A second class for those who can’t attend an evening one may be held later.

Rallying Around Danielle (Bathalon) Wright in her Fight Against Cancer

January 12, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - This has been a tough week for Danielle (Bathalon) Wright of Coventry. It is the week she began to lose her beautiful head of hair to the ravages of her cancer treatment.
“My hair is beginning to fall out in clumps,” Danielle said. “Well, at least it will grow back. At least that is what I keep telling myself.”

Businesses Hold out Hope for Strong Snowmobile Season

January 12, 2012

ORLEANS CO., VT - The lack of snowmobliers in the area is noticeable. As of Thursday, the snowmoblie trails remain closed. However, snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast and many enthusiasts remain optimistic about the weather, even though the snowmobile season has had a slow start this year.

 

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